Powder palette

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Refined Palette
These three silky powder palettes have the best blending brush we've seen—it picks up exactly the right amount of color.

Aveda Petal Essence Face Accents palette in Ruby Vapor, $42


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Worry-Free Eyeliner
Astonishingly easy to use, this eyeliner is smudgeproof and water resistant and comes in five classic shades.

L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Eyeliner Mistake-Proof Marker, $7.50

Gold lipsticks

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Gold Rush
A sheer wash of gold over your bare lips or layered over your favorite lipstick gives a strikingly pretty but not overpowering sheen.

Benefit 24K, $20

Ruby nail polish

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Pair of Polishes
Get a retro-Hollywood look with one of the richest ruby polishes (Creative Nail Design enamel in House of Rebels, $6). Or go for a trendy, almost-black deep red (OPI Midnight in Moscow, $7.50).


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Pot Luck
Infused with gorgeous pigments, these eyeshadows double as eyeliner.

Clockwise from top: MAC Paint Pot eyeshadows in Delft, Rubenesque, and Bare Study, $16 each

Camellia lipsticks

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A Camellia by Any Other Name...
For luxurious texture and luminous color, dip into this palette of four exquisite cream lipsticks in plum, lustrous white, sheer rose, and rose, each molded into the shape of a camellia.

Limited Edition 4 Camélias de Chanel, $65


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Candy Is Dandy
Loaded with moisturizers, including aloe vera and shea butter, these glosses come in 12 spectacular colors from pink and apricot neutrals to bronzes, mochas, and reds.

From left: Carol's Daughter Candy Paint glosses in Grown & Sexy, Diva, and Brick House, $13.50 each

Illuminating powder

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Light and Luminous
The most remarkably lightweight illuminating powder with a built-in brush is perfect for dusting all over your face for a subtle—but unmistakable—glow.

L'Oréal Paris Bare Naturale Soft-Focus Mineral Finish, $15.50

Red lipsticks

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Seeing Red
Try this trio of knockout reds: an opaque lipstick in rich, dark scarlet (limited edition Lancôme Color Fever Lipstick in P.S. Kiss, $24); a crayon that glides on as smoothly as a moisturizing lipstick but with the precision of a pencil (Shiseido Automatic Lip Crayon in Red, $22); a gloss with light-reflective particles that make even deeply pigmented lips look shiny and full (Fresh Sugar Lip Gloss in Sugar Shag, $25).


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Gem of a Scent
The gold cap on this bottle of a deliciously elegant bouquet of florals is encrusted with semiprecious gemstones inspired by a Josef Hoffmann brooch.

Estée Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia Parfum, $300 for one ounce


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Emerald Eyes
Try two beautiful, wearable shades: Use the Intense Jade in this duo as a liner or on the lid; apply the pale Lamé Green as a highlighter below the brow.

YSL Ombres Duolumières eyeshadows, $40 for duo


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Go the Distance
Finally, here's a mascara that keeps your lashes curled and fully coated with color till the moment you take it off.

Lancôme Courbe Virtuôse, $23